Yesterday the PBS station in Cleveland sponsored a debate with Sen. Seitz, Economist Jonathon Lesser, Terrence O’Donnell for Advanced Energy Ohio (and son of Ohio Supreme Court Justice) and John Colm of Cleveland-based WIRE-net. The link to the audio is: http://www.ideastream.org/soi/entry/59840. In the press coverage below, you will see that Senator Seitz is confident the Senate will pass some form of mandate repeal before the end of the year. There are several options under consideration for renewable energy. First would be the repeal of the in-state mandate which the Senator believes is unconstitutional. Next he proposes freezing the annual renewable benchmark at the current level and not ever increasing it. There will likely be some negotiating on this point but we will stay closely involved….
“I can’t predict which approach will find favor, but something will happen in calendar year 2014, immediately before or after November elections,” the Republican from Cincinnati told a Monday morning program on WCPN, Cleveland’s National Public Radio station.
Seitz was part of a panel of proponents and opponents the radio program gathered to discuss his bill, which last week had its first hearing of 2014 after being shelved in late 2013 because of a lack of support.
Seitz re-introduced the bill because of new “devastating testimony” from an industry-sponsored study that refuted a previous study that found flaws in Seitz’s bill. The person who conducted that survey, Jonathan Lesser, president of Continental Economics Inc., was on the radio program along with Seitz.